The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events

January 29–February 4.


RI Brew Fest

Stouts, porters, malts or ales: Whatever your winter palate craves, the Brew Fest delivers. Sample more than fifty-five of the best American craft beer at the third annual winter event. Sip on Wolaver’s, Dogfish Head, Downeast Cider and every local beer you can imagine — think: Grey Sail, Bucket, Narragansett, Tilted Barn and Foolproof — as you enjoy live music by Coventry artist Steve Demers and fresh eats. General admission is restricted to guests twenty-one years of age and older, and includes unlimited sampling during one of two three-hour sessions, as well as a fun branded glass of Rhode Island’s “brewscape.” Don’t hesitate, online sales close at midnight on January 30. Click here for the official beer checklist.

The Details: Jan. 31. 1–4 p.m., 5:30–8:30 p.m. General admission $55 in advance, $65 at the door. Designated driver tickets $15 in advance, $25 at the door. Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, 401-318-2991,


Tail-Gating Party

Not sure how to pregame for the Super Bowl? Head to the zoo for a fun family “tail” gate. Watch snow leopards, moon bears and more furry friends play with football-themed toys and prepare for the big game. The entire event comes free with zoo admission (already half-price for Winter Wonder Days), so if you and your little seal pups have thick winter coats, make your way through the icy habitats of the zoo's critters and find out which team they like best. Rumor has it, the red pandas have a few bamboo shoots on the Pats. We knew we loved them the most.

The Details: Jan. 31. 10:30–noon. Adults $7.50, seniors $6.50, ages three to twelve $4.95, younger than three free. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-941-4998,


Cirque de la Symphonie

Graceful acrobats soar to a sweeping score by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. At this one-time-only event, classical music is paired with strongmen, contortionists, aerialists and more to create an unusual combination of enchanting movement and sound. Performers expel human limitations, defying gravity and rising above the orchestra in a theatrical performance like no other. No matter how old or young, you’ll leave wanting to run off and join the circus.

The Details: Jan. 31. 7 p.m. Adults $20, children $15. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-248-7000,


Winter Tracks and Signs

Beat cabin fever on a one-hour winter walk. Trust us, the fire will feel cozier when you return. This Saturday, the Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts an interactive guided walk that teaches some basics of tracking local animals through the snow. Spot downy woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, tree swallows and even egrets along the trails — if you’re as quiet as they are. All participants, ages four and older, are welcome. Be sure to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.

The Details: Jan. 31. 10:30­–11:30 a.m., Members $8, non-members $10. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 401-846-2577,


Puddles Pity Party

This white-faced clown, who covers all of your favorite tunes, is scarily entertaining. For more than ten years, Puddles the Clown has reinvented pop songs to fit his sad clown style. Known as the “sad clown with the golden voice,” Puddles covers popular music — from Lorde’s “Royals” to Tom Jones’s “I Who Have Nothing” to Marilyn Monroe’s infamous version of “Happy Birthday” — in a weird but well-done way that’s fun for all crowds and all ages. Head to the Columbus to laugh, cry and experience a clown show unlike any other.

The Details: Feb. 4. 8 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day-of. The Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence,


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